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Sleep in health and disease: call for papers

This cross-journal collection welcomes submissions focused on factors that negatively impact sleep health, evaluate approaches to improve sleep and further the understanding of sleep processes.


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    Communications Medicine is a recently launched fully open access journal already indexed in ESCI, Scopus, PubMed Central, DOAJ, and Google Scholar. It takes 7 days from submission to the first editorial decision (median).

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    Join us in Nairobi, Kenya this September for a discussion with African experts on cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs surrounding the epidemiology of dementia, the contributing risk factors, genetics and more. Submit your abstract and apply to attend today.

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    This Collection welcomes clinical, translational, epidemiological, and public health research focused on MASLD/NAFLD.

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    This cross-journal collection on endoscopy invites submissions on technological advances to improve capability, with clinical research exploring procedures and applications.

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  • Hossain, Lungu et al. develop SQuHIVLa, a sensitive and specific method to quantify the frequency of cells expressing HIV-1 tat/rev msRNA as a surrogate for the inducible HIV-1 reservoir. SQuHIVLa offers a high throughput, scalable HIV-1 reservoir quantitation tool that is amenable to resource-limited settings.

    • Tanvir Hossain
    • Cynthia Lungu
    • Tokameh Mahmoudi
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Haag et al. examine the theories of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) about the causes of MS using natural language processing techniques. Their study identifies unique topics and highlights the role of mental health and the need for an open dialogue about the scientific and mental health aspects of MS.

    • Christina Haag
    • Nina Steinemann
    • Viktor von Wyl
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Zismanov, Shalem, Margolin-Miller et al. present the validation and clinical rollout of P-BEST, a combinatorial single-stage pooling method used for mass testing during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Israel. The analysis is a proof-of-concept for the feasibility of using combinatorial pooling solutions for mass testing in clinical settings.

    • Shosh Zismanov
    • Bar Shalem
    • Tomer Hertz
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Chenoweth et al. investigate heterogeneity in sepsis using host gene expression from multi-site international cohorts. Endotypes differentiated by mortality are identified and related molecular signatures implicate immune dysfunction in sepsis pathophysiology.

    • Josh G. Chenoweth
    • Joost Brandsma
    • Danielle V. Clark
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Kumar et al. examine differences in birthweight and LBW between the pre COVID-19 (before Jan 2020) and COVID-19 (after March 2020 onwards). Infants born during the COVID-19 period had lower birthweight compared to infants born during pre-COVID-19 periods.

    • Santosh Kumar
    • Clare Hill
    • Timothy J. Halliday
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Chisholm-Burns et al. discuss the substantial shortage of organs available for transplantation, with disparities in access amongst some racial and ethnic groups. The authors suggest that while xenotransplantation can potentially increase organ availability, it also has the potential to further embed inequities in transplant care.

    • Marie Chisholm-Burns
    • Burnett S. Kelly
    • Christina A. Spivey
    CommentOpen Access
  • Thirunavukkarasu et al. discuss how standard lifestyle interventions prove ineffective in preventing type 2 diabetes in individuals with isolated impaired fasting glucose, a highly prevalent prediabetes phenotype globally. They propose low-calorie diets as a promising strategy for diabetes prevention in this high-risk population.

    • Sathish Thirunavukkarasu
    • Roy Taylor
    • Jonathan E. Shaw
    CommentOpen Access
  • Zhang et al. discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to optimize clinical trial design and potentially boost the success rate of clinical trials. AI has unparalleled potential to leverage real-world data and unlock valuable insights for innovative trial design.

    • Bin Zhang
    • Lu Zhang
    • Shuixing Zhang
    CommentOpen Access
  • Ivancovsky-Wajcman et al. outline the need for a holistic preventive hepatology approach, involving social nutrition and social prescribing, to address the public health threat of metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD). They argue that this will facilitate individuals’ engagement in behavioural modifications to treat MASLD.

    • Dana Ivancovsky-Wajcman
    • Paul N. Brennan
    • Jeffrey V. Lazarus
    CommentOpen Access
  • Macharia et al. discuss a Communications Medicine article on global healthcare accessibility and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They outline strengths in the comprehensive approach taken to studying revealed versus potential spatial accessibility, plus some limitations and wider context with which the results can be interpreted.

    • Peter M. Macharia
    • Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas
    • Lenka Beňová
    CommentOpen Access
  • Pallett et al. discuss the impact of human conflict on development of antimicrobial resistance. They overview approaches to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance, using the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as an example of the challenges and opportunities.

    • Scott J. C. Pallett
    • Sara E. Boyd
    • Emma J. Hutley
    CommentOpen Access
Ischemic stroke

Diagnosis of ischemic stroke

This Collection welcomes research focused on improvements of prediction, detection or monitoring of ischemic stroke.
Open for submissions